Using a Problem-Solving Model

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.d., NCSP As the school year moves into its final months, this blog serves to remind us all about how a problem-solving approach is the best way to help students who are still struggling in school. FastBridge Learning endorses a 5-step problem solving method that includes: Problem Identification Problem Analysis Plan Development Plan[…]

Top 10 Help Desk Questions and Answers

By: Todd Sundboom: FastBridge Director of Customer Success The FastBridge Learning customer support team gets many calls, emails, and chat questions each day. We have organized the most frequent of these into a “top 10” list with answers from the Help Desk team. Question: “Which assessments should I use?”  The answer: “It depends.” There is not[…]

FastBridge Learning Knowledge Base

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP FastBridge Learning offers many tools to assist educators in using a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) to foster success by all students. There are tools for screening and progress monitoring reading, math, and behavior. To help users learn about and use the FastBridge Learning tools effectively, we offer a searchable Knowledge[…]

Conducting Social-Emotional Behavior Screenings at School: An Ecological Systems Perspective

By: Katie Eklund, Ph.D. and Stephen Kilgus, Ph.D. School Psychology Program, University of Missouri Although many schools commonly systematically screen students for academic concerns, social-emotional and behavioral screening measures are less frequently used. Yet, there are many benefits to implementing systematic social-emotional and behavioral screening. Measures such as the Social, Academic, and Emotional Behavior Risk Screener-Teacher[…]

Universal Screening Reminders for Winter Benchmarking

By: Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP FastBridge Learning recommends that all students complete universal benchmark screening assessments one or more times per year. For elementary students we recommend screening 3 times per year in the fall, winter, and spring; some middle schools do this as well. Winter screening usually goes more smoothly than in the fall[…]

Understanding Your Screening Data

By: Jessie Kember As mentioned in a previous post (Assessment Literacy: Understanding Student Data), assessment serves as a core foundational component of decision-making within a Multi-Tier System of Support (MTSS) framework. Two broad categories of assessment within an MTSS framework are screening and progress monitoring. The purpose of this blog is to explain the scope and[…]

Using FAST in Special Education

By: Yvette Arañas In previous posts, I have indicated the importance of making educational decisions for all students from assessment data. This idea is especially important in special education, as it is meant to help students with special needs improve their self-sufficiency and academic success. Without the use of data, it would be difficult to[…]